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November 30, 1999

Castiglione Selected As NACDA's 3rd Vice President

CLEVELAND -- In an interim action by the Officers of the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Joe Castiglione, director of athletics at the University of Oklahoma, was chosen to replace Mark Dienhart, the former director of men's athletics at the University of Minnesota, as NACDA's 3rd Vice President.

Castiglione became Oklahoma's 11th athletics director in April 1998. During the past 18 months, Castiglione has overseen the development and implementation of a multimedia licensing program B a comprehensive advertising, marketing, television, radio and corporate sponsorship agreement, that will generate $6 million in new money to the athletics department over a five-year span. Additionally, he reworked OU's annual giving program, leading to an anticipated increase in yearly revenue. A proponent for the total development of the student-athlete, Castiglione has developed strong academic services for the department, which saw 210 student-athletes named to the Big 12 Fall Commissioners' Honor Roll, second highest in the conference.

Prior to his tenure at Oklahoma, Castiglione served as the AD at the University of Missouri. Additionally, Castiglione played an integral role in founding the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators (NACMA), which is administered by NACDA. Castiglione, who is a graduate of the University of Maryland, served as NACMA's president from 1990-93.

NACDA, which is now in its 35th year, is the professional and educational association for more than 6,100 college athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Through its series of management seminars, clinics and workshops and publication of the bi-monthly magazine Athletics Administration, NACDA offers educational opportunities to its members. More than 1,200 athletics administrators annually attend the NACDA Convention. NACDA also owns and operates the two preseason football games, the Kickoff and Pigskin Classics. Additionally, NACDA operates the Sears Directors' Cup program, which honors the all-sports champion in each of the NCAA Divisions -- I, II and III -- and the NAIA, for a total of four trophies.